Lviv, one of the largest cities in Ukraine, was founded 755 years ago. It has been home to peoples of many different cultural, religious, ethnic and national origins, and this heterogeneity has strongly influenced the character of the city and the architecture of its buildings. Although much of the historical fabric of the city remains intact, the often brutal political upheavals of the 20th century resulted in the loss of Lviv’s unique multiethnic and multi-cultural identity. And tragically, Lviv’s Jewish community was annihilated during the Nazi occupation of the city from 1941 to 1944.

We have a high responsibility to safeguard the Jewish cultural heritage and to preserve the memory of the city’s lost inhabitants. To help meet this responsibility, the City of Lviv, in cooperation with the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe and the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), organized the International Design Competition for Sites of Jewish History in Lviv. The competition’s purpose was to find the best possible way to memorialize Lviv’s Jewish community and reintegrate its traces into the contemporary urban context.

The competition ran from August to December 2010, and the large number of national and international entries clearly indicated wide interest in the subject and reflected its importance. The winning proposals were decided upon by an international jury of experts and can be seen on the following pages of this publication. They are of the highest quality, and we are committed to develop their ideas and bring them to reality.

On behalf of the City of Lviv, I invite all those concerned about preserving the city’s cultural heritage and honoring its Jewish past to support the realization of these projects.

Andriy Sadovyy

Mayor of the City of Lviv